Longing for a Pre-COVID World? Here’s What to Do InsteadBy Homaira Kabir
March seems ages ago. And the New Year feels like it never happened. What a whirlwind we’ve been living through! Just a few weeks back, we were rushing to stock our pantries and freezers, panicking over every cough and congestion, and desperately trying to figure out the whole work-from-home conundrum.
That initial frenzy seems to have given way to a weariness. A well-stocked kitchen is no longer the highlight of my day. I’ve become tired of Zoom calls—they lack the connection of human touch and shared experiences. And working from home is a nightmare, regardless of how well you structure it.
More and more, we’re realizing how little control we actually have, and experiencing a whole different set of emotions—more subtle, more elusive, and yet, ever-present. There’s sadness, there’s listlessness; and, more and more, there’s a form of anxiety that’s best likened to existential dread. My mother shared that she’s unable to sleep through the night. “I’m not stressed about anything in particular,” she said. “I just feel uneasy.” A client asked what she could do to get her sense of joy and optimism back. “I used to love my work. Now, I just do it.”
What are we to do with these emotions that don’t carry the same urgency as the earlier ones? I was thinking about this as I watched the sun rise from behind the downtown skyline. It felt reassuring to know that some things have stayed the same even amid the monumental change we’re living through—c